Other Plants You Can Grow In Your Garden

Growing your own plants is both fun and rewarding. All you really need to get started is some decent soil and a few plants. But to be a really successful vegetable gardener and to do it organically you’ll need to understand what it takes to keep your plants healthy and vigorous. Here are some of the easiest plants to start with.

Carrots

Carrots are best grown in the open ground, but you can try short-rooted types in containers or growing bags.

Drought resistant, carrots like hot weather, seldom needing water. If foliage starts wilting, give a thorough soaking of water every 10-14 days.

Keep weeds down between rows by hand weeding – if you allow weeds to grow they may end up crowding out the carrots.

Be careful when weeding or thinning that you don’t crush the foliage, as the smell attracts carrot fly. Fleece covering or barriers prevent these pests egg laying, especially early in the season.

Cucumbers

Either sow seeds or plant out young plants in early June, ideally under fleece or cloches. Any fertile garden soil in full sun is satisfactory.

Dig in up to two bucketfuls of rotted organic matter, such as garden compost, and rake in 100g per square metre (3½oz per square yard) of general purpose fertiliser.

Pinch out the growing tip when the plants have developed seven leaves. The developing sideshoots can be left to trail over the ground or trained up stout netting. Pinch out the tips of flowerless sideshoots after seven leaves.

Don’t remove the male flowers, and keep the soil constantly moist by watering around the plants – not over them.

Cannabis

When looking for a good location to grow, keep an eye out for an area with southern exposure. This means an area with no hills, trees or buildings blocking your precious sun. Maximize your sunlight exposure.

Good Soil

Good soil doesn’t have to mean bags of expensive soils. Granted this can give you great results, but it isn’t always cost effective or necessary. Find a landscape supply company that sells bulk soil, you can start with that and save a lot of money. $30–$70 bucks can get you an entire truckload of quality soil. Make sure the soil has good drainage and add perlite if needed. While soil with some nutrients is great, don’t forget you can always feed your plants when you water. Adding amendments to the soil is an easy and cheap way to boost your soils potential.

Nutrients

Plants need nutrients to grow and thrive. It’s up to you to see that your plant is well fed, and that means applying organic—please!—fertilizer on a regular basis. To keep it simple: Early on, you want fertilizers that encourage leafy, vegetative growth; as flowers begin to form mid-summer, you want to switch to a fertilizer for blooming or flowering. Use liquid organic fertilizers. You can use a gallon milk jug for diluting them properly. Just follow the instructions and you should be good to go. Don’t give your plant more fertilizer than called for; that can burn it. Quit fertilizing about October 1, or three weeks or so before you plan to harvest.

Water

Lots of water will make plants grow faster. Faster growing plants means bigger plants. Just make sure that they have good drainage. A drip system will help alleviate the stress of needing to hand water your plants all the time. Water timers can even let you got on a short vacation if needed.

Cleaning Up the Space

Once the area where you would be growing marijuana is selected, clear the space properly. Pull out all weeds and unnecessary plants. Get rid of big stones and other useless things around. Make use of a gardening tool (example-rake) for tilling the soil as this can make the process faster and easier.  When you are done with this, begin to dig a hole that is around a feet deep and wide so that it will act as a soil bed for planting few marijuana seeds.

Working on the Soil to make it Suitable Enough

Work on this soil so that it becomes suitable for planting. This is the right time to add the soil nutrients that you have bought. It is crucial to add nutrients if the soil does not already have the essential nutrients for the growth and development of the plant. Usually, the soil nutrients will come with the instructions printed on the pack, so you can follow the guidelines while adding them to the soil.

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